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Last Argument of Kings (First Law Trilogy, Book 3) Audio CD – Unabridged, September 8, 2015
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- Publisher : Hachette Audio and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition (September 8, 2015)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1478935871
- ISBN-13 : 978-1478935872
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.6 x 1.8 x 6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,530,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An even bigger problem is the ongoing "GrimDark" getting grimmer and darker theme, the main them I seem to have taken from the books. Over 300 limbs cut off, 40 heads cut off and the fantasy equivelant of the Saw movie series later, you just get the sense that it all was much about nothing.
Which ends up being the summary in the last pages of the book, the lack of a conclusion in a trilogy (which seems to me to be pretty important). You are basically given an ending to set up more books set in the world, like it was all just a soap opera or a video game with upcoming DLC and a season pass.
This book is awful. I think the author wanted to make a point about how people don't change and the ordinary person is powerless, but instead they just had all of the characters just go stupid. Somewhere around 3/4 of the way through the book, the author just announces "All of the character development didn't really happen, and it turns out all of the minor characters were actually a different minor character in disguise."
I guess its fine to right a book about characters inability to develop, but you can't have 2.5 books of character development and then decide those didn't happen. The book also wants me to feel upset that a powerful good guy kills a bunch of people, and cares more about the world as a whole than any individuals living in it. Why would I care that an extra 1000 people died, in a book where 3 empires are at war? Why would I care that an all-powerful immortal being cares more about the greater good than than a few lives or opinions? Also I don't care which minor character is which, Its not a surprise to find out that a barely discussed hanger-on turns out to be a different barely discussed hanger-on or have slightly different motivations. This was a "eh whatever" moment the first time it happened, but it just kept happening.
If you don't care about consistency in characters or story arcs, this book might be for you. The scenes are well narrated and the prose can be very vivid.
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They have some things in common, of course. Wizards, Kings, Warriors, Heroes. People caught up in great events culminating in immense battles. Powerful and evil forces working to dark ends. They even have a parallel between Orcs and Shanka.
But when you get into the story, you soon find that there are huge differences between them. In LOTR, the Wizard is Gandalf - wise, powerful, compassionate. In the world of the First Law, we have Bayaz. Powerful, certainly. Wise - that depends of your understanding of wisdom. Compassionate - not remotely. Kings in LOTR are brave, just and noble: Abercrombie's Kings are petulant, shallow and either weak or cruel. And so on. I don't know if Abercrombie deliberately set out to subvert and invert all the values of Tolkien's characters, but he's done a very effective job of it. One more example: the nearest thing to a genuine hero in the First Law trilogy is Sand dan Glokta, a torturer, who stands out by being slightly more principled than most of the other characters.
Even the basic idea of good against evil is, as it turns out, twisted and turned into something else entirely. Hard to explain that without spoilers, but let's just say that, though the bad guys are nasty, the good guys are not to be trusted.
And it seems to me that in that are found the deepest differences between LOTR and the First Law. LOTR leaves you with a feeling of hope - evil can be overcome. At the end of LAOK, there is very little hope indeed. Evil is too powerful and too deeply ingrained to be overcome, the best anyone can do is find a little niche in which to survive the worst of it.
The sad thing is, Abercrombie's world may be the most authentic. Are there really any Gandalf's, any Aragorns, any Frodo's or Sam Gamgees? Or are the best we can expect Bayaz, Glokta, King Jezal and Logen Ninefingers?
There is no doubt that the First Law trilogy is a brilliant bit of fantasy writing. The world building is superb, the characters vivid, and the various story strands are very skilfully woven together to bring us to an epic conclusion. But it's a sad conclusion: the victories won, the blood shed, the sacrifices made change very little. Which is perhaps the message Abercrombie's is sending. If so, it's a dark one, only lit by a few strands of brightness that say that for some people, here and there, there might be a better future.
Well, there's room for more to this story, I think. I hope so. For, much as I enjoyed reading it (and I'll certainly be wanting to read more Abercrombie in the future) I do prefer to finish with the essential hope that LOTR holds out: that, in spite of everything, there is hope.
It may be that we need stories like The First Law to remind us of how dark things can be, but we need stories like LOTR to remind us what light is like.
Why did it stop at 95%? Because the rest of the book previews an entirely unrelated story that I had already read.
After reading all three books in the series I was looking forward to all the ends being tied up and to be able to go to sleep safe in the knowledge that this author has many other series I can start on. Instead, I felt as if someone had just run over my dog and hidden the remains. Disappointed? I should say so. I shall read the 1-star comments on his other books very carefully before investing time in another series. I'll not write him off but caveat emptor in future.
This is just a wonderful trilogy that provides everything you need for a breathtaking page-turner. Great characters, a world of intrigue, battling nations, supernatural influences, enthralling landscape, entertaining dialogue, humour and the band of warriors including Logan Ninefingers, Ferro and Jezel, led by Bayaz, the First of the Magi. The characters are highly capable in battle but also vulnerable, they make good decisions and bad, and they inflict damage and suffer pain. The writing style is a perfect pace and balance for the adventurous plot and the descriptive content with the characters and landscape.
There are a lot of parallels to Game of Thrones but it does have its own place. I would highly recommend the trilogy and the entertainment through each book is tremendous.
Quite a few surprises and unexpected twists, none of it felt forced or out of place. Three characters in particular, each more badass than the other, but in very different ways – Bayaz, Logen, and Glokta the crowd favourite. Memorable characters, and a book you’ll want to read again and again.
Very positive review, just don't expect too much joy and sunshine in the book itself. Though I suppose if you've already read the first two, you know that by now.